Kagan: The physics of ballpark fare

From SABR member David Kagan at The Hardball Times on May 17, 2016:

As Humphrey Bogart once said, “A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.” That was back in the day when you had two choices – a hot dog or hunger. Now, there are more tubular food choices then there are cable TV stations.

In April of 2015, CBS Sports tried to list some of the best stadium hot dogs. Their list included everything from the bacon-wrapped Beast of Milwaukee to the Arizona D-Bat, a one-and-a-half foot long corn dog. If those aren’t enough to send your cardiologist into an infarction, the Churro Dog will do the trick – a churro nestled in a maple bar bun topped with ice cream, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. Where’s my Lipitor?!?!?

Hot dogs of all types are cooked by having heat flow from their surface inward toward the center. Since a THT article isn’t worth the paper it’s written on (or bytes it’s made of) unless it contains several heat maps, below are two that describe actual heat as opposed to the never-ending array of sabermetric statistics of yet-to-be-determined utility.

Read the full article here: http://www.hardballtimes.com/the-physics-of-ballpark-fare/

Originally published: May 20, 2016. Last Updated: May 20, 2016.